There is nothing more quintessentially New York City, than a great bagel for breakfast (maybe even with some lox and cream-cheese on top). Sources varies on where it originated, some saying from China, others from Italy, but the country that comes up the most is Poland. Rolls with holes were found in Krakow as early as 1610 and most agree that they were important with the large Jewish communities moving to NYC. On our Tenements Tales & Tastes Tour you can get a first hand look at the influence of the Jewish community on New York's food culture.
Most bagels are made by shaping the dough into a bagel shape, then letting them sit for 12 hours. After that, they're boiled before being bakes which give the bagel the soft, chewy inside and crispy outside. This process makes it different from the other roll imported from Poland, the Bialy, which is not boiled first and has a depression, instead of a hole, which can be filled with onions, garlic, poppy seed or other ingredients.
By 1907, the baking of bagels was regulated by a union, joining together about 300 bakers. In the 1930s practically every baker who made bagels was a part of the union and preferred only to give the 'bagel making techniques and secrets' to their sons who would then join the union as well. It wasn't until the 1960s that bagels began to be mass produced and popularized across the country. You can always make the trip down to the Lower East Side for the original bagel but today some of the best bagel shops are spread across the city. Some of our favorites are Murray's Bagel in Greenwich Village and the Brooklyn Bagel Co. ironically located in Astoria, Queens which has a rotating array of cream-cheese including maple bacon and cannoli cream.
The Brewer's Pick: Barrier Brewing Company
Wed. April 23, 8-10pm
Visit this great bar space in Astoria for a night curated by the Barrier Brewing Copany. They'll take over the tap list and playlist for a night of beers, music and NY beer history. For more info, click here.
Favorite Downtown Bakeries with Russell Moss
Wed. April 23, 10am
Tour through Chef Moss’ favorite downtown bakeries which will include tastings at Balthazar, Ceci-Cela and Grandaisy. For more info, click here.
Tsai Ming Liang's 'Journey to the West' (Tribeca Film Festival)
Thurs. April 24 (through 26), 12pm-6pm
Join in on the Tribeca Film Festival and catch Tsai Ming Liang’s ‘Journey to the West’ for free as an installation in MoMA PS1’s geodesic VW Dome. The film, loosely based on a classical Chinese tale, shows the epic journey of a Buddhist monk. For more information, click here.
NY Travel Fest
Sat. & Sun. April 26 & 27, see link for full schedule
Join us at the NY Travel Fest for access to talks and panels from top names in the travel industry. Talk to travel experts one on one, try some exotic food pairings and win some amazing prizes (we’ll be giving away some great ones at the NYC Urban Adventures booth). For more info and tickets, click here.
This year’s 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival is coming up starting April 16 and closing April 27, 2014. Founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff it helped bring the community of New York City and visitors back to Lower Manhattan and revitalize the neighborhoods which had been avoided and devalued since the 9/11 attack that year. The neighborhood, which stands for the “Triangle Below Canal Street”, today is a thriving center of culture, art and creativity.
Today the Tribeca Film Festival brings crowds of up to 3 million people every year including many big named celebrities and supports local Tribeca restaurants and hotels. The Festival has become a major film industry event, promoting New York City as a filmmaking hub and helping filmmakers, both new and established, to reach new audiences.
Films are chosen from over 5,000 submissions, this year there will be almost 100 feature-length films and 60 shorts screened as well as multiple panel discussions with filmmakers and actors.
Not able to make it to the city? Participate online with their online festival including #6secfilms.
Tickets to the general public go on sale Monday April 14th and can be purchased online at the festival’s official website (tickets range from $12.50 for matinees to $20.50 for evening and weekend showings). Be sure to purchase tickets in advance as the most anticipated films and panels sell out quickly.
Happy Hour at the Society of Illustrators
Wednesday, April 16, 5-10pm
This week's Happy Hour celebrates the 49th anniversary of the NYC Landmark Law. Cartoonist Barry Blitt and illustrator Stephen Gardner will talk about their iconic images based on life in NYC. The $15 ticket includes 1 free drink ticket and a small plates buffet after the talk. For more info, or to purchase tickets online, click here.
Singlecut Beersmiths Tasting Dinner
Wednesday, April 16, 7:30pm
This night will include a 5 course dinner with 5 beers including the Billy Full Stack IPA, Eric "more cowbell" Chocolate Milk Stout, Keith British Nitro Bitter, Bon TNT Pale and Jan Olympic White Lager Tickets are $55. For more info, or to purchase tickets online, click here.
Monday, April 14: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Join authors Michael Gibney at the Strand as he discusses his book Sous Chef, with NYC food writer Andrew Friedman. For inspiration, Gibney drew upon his work around New York City, including Morgans Hotel Group, 10 Downing in Manhattan, and Governor in Brooklyn. He also takes readers behind the scenes to observe the craft, skill and scuffle of in the world of a chef's life. For more information, or to purchase a copy of the book, click here.
Queens Beer Week
April 18th- April 27th
Come celebrate Queens Beer Week and celebrate one New York’s greatest beer scenes in your own neighborhood. Come out during the last week of April to cheers to Spring and enjoy the great beers Queens has to offer. Make sure to Check in regularly for updates of all the great events, parties, and brew days going on through the week! For more info, click here.
This week’s #TuesdayTidbit blog is highlighting the Himalayan Heights area in New York City. If you’ve ever gotten off near the 74th St./Broadway stop on the 7 train in Jackson Heights, you know exactly what we are talking about. This area has so much to offer, and isn’t your typical tourist spot. Read below to find out more about this awesome area and why you should come check it out for yourself.
Himalayan Heights has a huge population of Tibetan & Nepalese. This can be see in New York's Himalayan food, which encompasses both Tibetan and Nepali cuisines. Though the area is known to have other Asian cuisine like Indian, Thai and Chinese, Himalayan food is typically less spicy, and uses traditional Tibetan and Nepalese ingredients like yak butter and Himalayan black salt.
If you’re looking for somewhere different to eat, a famous Tibetan momo (dumpling) shop is Lhasa Fast Food and is a small cart in the back of a now empty cell phone shop. You can also engulf yourself in the culture of the neighborhood and check out some of the local stores, which sell saris & Bollywood DVDs. Whether you’re looking to try new cuisine, find out about the Himalayan culture, or just have a fun time, you should check out Himalayan Heights.
A Taste of Fifth Ave
Wednesday, April 9th, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Celebrate A Taste of Fifth Ave at The Grand Prospect Hall and enjoy a night of food, drinks, and charity. With the purchase of your ticket, you can sample from all of the local restaurants and bars, and you'll also be benefiting many of our local charities. Tickets are $45 online ($50 at door) with $20 of every ticket going to the local charity of your choice! For more info, or to purchase tickets online, click here.
Thursday April 10, 6:30-8:00
The New York Transit Museum has a new program called Platform. Platform features a series of programs created by the public for the public. Selected submissions being presented at the Transit Museum include choreographers, writers, historians, filmmakers, and many more. For more information, click here.
Couples Cooking: Julia Child
Friday, April 11 6:30PM
The Brooklyn Kitchen is hosting a couples cooking class so you can learn all the tips on how to pull off a great French dinner. You will be cooking -Seasonal Soup, Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb, Pommes Dauphinois (Potatoes au Gratin), and Poached Fruit with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Sauce. There will also be a wine pairing sponsored by Vine Wine. For more info, or to purchase tickets online, click here.
Intro class to the German Longsword
Friday, April 11th 6pm
In honor of yesterday's Game of Thrones season premiere take a swing at a German Longsword class. One of the hardest weapons to master, you'll learn simple drills both solo and in pairs. A single class is $30 at Ripley Grier. For more info, or to purchase tickets, click here.